UCS present 'The Ripple Effect'


ARLINGTON — United Counseling Service will present a screening of "Suicide The Ripple Effect" at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Arlington Memorial High School.

Across the globe, nearly 1 million people die annually by suicide. In the United States alone there are 1 million suicide attempts each year and more than 44,000 deaths by suicide. Research has shown that for every one death by suicide, more than 115 people are directly affected. The estimated financial cost of suicide is more than $51 billion annually.

The film chronicles the story of Kevin Hines, who at age 19 attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Since then, Kevin has been on a mission to use his story to help others find recovery and stay alive and has become the world's most prominent suicide prevention speaker and advocate. The film also features some of the world's leading suicide prevention experts and shines a light on people who are using personal experiences with suicide to help others find the hope they need to stay alive.

"Suicide is a risk for so many," said Lorna Mattern, Executive Director of UCS. "We have experienced an increasing trend in death by suicide over the past 20 years, and we must be open in our dialogue to bring more awareness to the causes and cures for this troubling pattern."

Following the screening, Rachel Darby, psychiatric nurse practitioner, and Katie Aiken, certified mental health first aid trainer, will lead a Q&A and discussion on the topic.

This screening is supported by Vermont Care Partners, MVP, Charlie's Fund and the Gregory S. Hillman Fund.

UCS is a private, nonprofit community mental health center serving Bennington County since 1958. To learn more about this event and UCS visit ucsvt.org.



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